I would like to wish everyone a healthy and Happy New Year, 2016!! We are beginning S.T.A.R.T.'s 25th year!! We have been fortunate throughout the years to have so many friends and supporters, many animals have survived because of you. Many of you passed along our cries for help, others attended our fundraisers, some donate to animals in need, and others provide a safe, warm home for our rescued animals. Thank you.
Even though it has been so many years since I altered my first colony of cats, there is still so much more work to be done. Sadly, all of the original cats I cared for have since passed over the Rainbow Bridge. But each day brings new cats and kittens that need help. There are still so many that rely on S.T.A.R.T.’s volunteers to survive. I am proud of the significant work we have done over the past 25 years to help with the cat overpopulation crisis in our area and to help get hundreds of cats and kittens adopted.
S.T.A.R.T. does everything in its power to help as many cats and kittens as we can. Unfortunately, the truth is it’s never enough. Every day we get calls about kittens in someone’s backyard, senior cats that needs to be given up, injured cats that need to be trapped or colonies that are being poisoned. It can be discouraging at times. But then a cat that has been in foster care for several years finally gets adopted or a tiny kitten is rescued from a sewer and it all makes sense! We know what we are doing is vital and we must continue!
We lost another of our office "family" cats a few months back, our little Miss Preakness (affectionately known as Miss P). She had a long bout with pancreatitis. She wanted so badly to stay with us and her friends, our laps were her heaven. We did all in our power to keep her comfortable and happy for as long as she wanted to stay. Everyone loved her and in turn she loved us all back. She is deeply missed. Can't help but hurt every time you walk in the office and see her photo on our wall.
In 2016 Make a "resolution" to help the animals this year.
Things you can do, let us know if you can help!!
FOSTER - S.T.A.R.T. can only help the animals we have foster care for, foster care is always needed, once in foster care these animals are maintained by S.T.A.R.T until they are adopted to a forever home. Foster homes are what help to carry out the organization's mission, but a forever home is what is needed to help decrease the vast number of homeless animals. S.T.A.R.T. is reaching out to you as caring, responsible animal lovers, to open your hearts and your homes to one of our abandon homeless companion animal. Volunteers that can offer their home as a temporary residency for some of our homeless animals are always needed. Since S.T.A.R.T. does not have a shelter, we must rely 100% on foster home care for the animals waiting for their forever homes. The more foster homes we have, the more lives can be saved.
FUND RAISING ~ S.T.A.R.T. is fully dependent on donations, proceeds from fund raisers, bequests, and foundation grants to maintain our operation, underwrite our numerous programs and services, and sustain our presence. Fund raising is crucial to the survival of S.T.A.R.T. It requires time and energy.
ADOPTION CENTER ~ Adoption Center is located at Petco, Totowa. The center is where our cats can stay 24/7 to be seen for adoption. The Center needs to be staffed in order to care for the cats, 3 times daily someone is needed to feed, scoop and make sure the animals are not in any distress as well as give them some loving! Easy and fun!
CANISTER DRIVES ~ In addition to adoption day collections we also visit and solicit in front of grocery stores, malls and street collections on a regular basis. Proper permits and authorization is required for these collections, which will be handled by the fund raising committee. A volunteer must be able to encourage people to donate as they pass the area.
OFFICE SUPPORT ~ Basic office skills, computer knowledge and good customer service skills are helpful in this volunteer capacity. Some of these office duties can be preformed from your own home.
TRAPPING PROJECT- Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) ~ S.T.A.R.T. encourages, teaches and supports Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). TNR is a full management plan in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped, evaluated for temperament, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Kittens and tame cats placed up for adoption. Healthy cats too wild to be adopted are returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of colony caretakers. Volunteers are needed to help trap, recovery and return feral cats to there colonies.
FERAL CAT COLONY CARETAKERS ~ Feral cats are domestic cats that, through birth or circumstance, have reverted to the wild, living outdoors in urban, suburban, and rural environments with little or no human contact. S.T.A.R.T. maintains several feral colonies that need to be feed and cared for on a daily basis. Feeders are needed to help maintain these colonies.
Thank you to our supporters who have stuck by us for all these years, helping us to continue our mission. We hope that we can continue, with your help, to reduce the overpopulation in our communities while diminishing the homeless and hungry animals. Again we thank you, our friends and supporters, for your continued and lasting support, our animals count on each one of you.